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The Slow-Feeding Movement

In their natural setting, horses typically graze between 14-16 hours a day.  This has anatomically designed them to be best suited for small, frequent forage meals throughout the day. 
However, in today’s setting with modern management strategies, many horses have limited access to forage due to meal feedings and increased time being stalled. These management changes have led to alterations in digestion as well as dysregulations of metabolic patterns including glucose, insulin, and cortisol.

All About Cribbing

Do you have a cribber in your barn?  Are your stalls chewed down to studs and beyond?  Have you ever wondered what is going through your horse’s head when he’s doing this behavior?  The exact etiology of cribbing behavior has yet to be determined, however, most equine researchers agree that the cause is multifactorial. There have been several studies conducted to investigate the potential mechanism of origin, and there are a handful of associations between environmental or physical events and the development of cribbing behavior.

Horses in the U.S.: an Infographic







Have you ever wondered how many horses there are in the U.S.?

A 2005 census taken by Deloitte Consultingtold us: 9.2 million. That's a hair smaller than the population of North Carolina!

So, what are all these horses doing? The data was surprising. While there is a strong group of racehorses and show horses out there, there are also many pleasure horses that have recreational careers. In fact, recreational equines make up the largest section of the horse population in America - 3.9 million horses.
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